POSTPARTUM MEAL DELIVERY
Nourishing the New Parent
Many traditional cultures around the world have their own take on postpartum care, and central to all of them is adequate time for the new parent to rest, establish breastfeeding, replenish nutrient stores with traditional foods, and take a break from physically demanding activities. Gather Around Nutrition seeks to support new families during this time with our postpartum nutrition offerings. We want to allow families to focus on each other while we focus on providing nutrient-dense foods that support proper healing and growth for the new parent and baby.
This is why we offer postpartum meal delivery packages filled with nourishing foods, bone broths, and custom blended herbal teas to promote deep healing.
A Traditional Approach to Postpartum Healing
Focus on foods that are soft and warming. Considering what your abdominal organs have been through for the past nine months, your digestion is likely a bit weaker than normal. Soft and warm foods require less energy from the digestive system, leaving more energy for the body to heal. Try having all food and drinks either warm or room temperature.
Focus on healthy fats and omega-3 consumption. Healthy fats enrich the breast milk and are essential for helping the baby's brain to grow strong. Ounce for ounce, fat is the most energy-dense nutrient, and we know that postpartum parents need their energy! Fat is also essential for hormone production and regulation, which will support a healthy mood. Healthy fats come from pasture-raised meats and eggs, cold-water fish, and plant fats from coconut, olive, avocado, nuts and seeds. You’ll need to consume even more calories when breastfeeding than you did when the baby was in the womb!
Focus on iron. It’s common to be a bit low on iron postpartum. You need iron for healthy blood production, energy and a healthy mood. Some foods rich in iron are tempeh, beans and lentils, dark leafy greens, nettles, nuts and seeds, grass-fed lamb and beef, organ meats and molasses.
Focus on foods that boost circulation. Think warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne and rosemary.
Focus on foods and herbs that support lactation. Examples are black sesame, oats, fennel, fenugreek, cumin, turmeric, nettles, raspberry leaf, red clover, goat’s rue and milk thistle. And don’t forget good hydration! This is key for producing breast milk.
Bone broth is gold for the postpartum parent. It is rich in collagen, which helps repair tissues, along with electrolytes and minerals. Bone broth also reduces inflammation and supports immune health.